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Research Assistant/Research Associate (Fixed Term) - Novel microcapsule designs and manufacturing processes

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to appoint a Research Assistant/Research Associate to work on a project with Professor Alex Routh.

The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Leeds and has recently been granted funding from the EPSRC for a project entitled 'Novel microcapsule designs and manufacturing processes'.

As a result, we are offering 3 Post-doctoral research fellow positions, one at each institution, to drive innovation in the design and manufacturing of encapsulation systems. All 3 researchers will work in close collaboration with each other on developing fundamental science understanding of systems and processes that address current industrial needs in this area. The Cambridge based Research Assistant/Research Associate will develop methods of emulsification using fluid mechanical mixing. Inclusion of surface-active particles will enable Pickering emulsions and consequently microcapsules to be made.

Particulate products contribute £50 Billion per year to the UK economy. Enabling targeted functionality and enhanced processability expands the applicability of such products. Encapsulation is one route to the desired smart particulate materials and this project aims to develop both new energy-efficient ways of producing microcapsules on industrial scales, and new microcapsule designs with shells that are environmentally-friendly, possess controllable breakage stresses, enhanced active ingredient (AI) retention properties and improved deposition on target surfaces. The project will allow for drastically improved microcapsule efficiency and sustainability under an increasingly stringent regulatory environment, thus leading to both expanding the use of microcapsules across formulated products and as a result improving the efficacy of AIs such as pesticides, fragrance oils, pharmaceutical drugs.

We are looking for a candidate who has a PhD (or is close to being awarded a PhD) in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a related discipline.

More information about the Department and Prof Alex Routh's group are available below:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please quote reference NQ26414 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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